Schalke parts ways with coach Huub Stevens

Schalke parted ways with coach Huub Stevens on Sunday after a

run of six Bundesliga games without a win.

Stevens agreed to leave ”by mutual consent” following talks

with management in the morning, the Gelsenkirchen-based club said

on its website.

Stevens’ job was on the line following Saturday’s 3-1 league

loss at home to Freiburg, extending an alarming run that saw the

side slip from second to seventh within a month.

”It’s not a good situation. Our expectations are coming up

short,” Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said after the

game.

Assistant coach Markus Gisdol was also released with immediate

effect.

Schalke’s under-17 team coach Jens Keller took charge of

Sunday’s training session and will lead the side against Mainz in

Tuesday’s German Cup game on Tuesday.

Schalke said the decision to release the 59-year-old Stevens,

who was in his second stint at the club, was ”anything but

easy.”

In the Dutchman’s first stint, from 1996 to 2002, Schalke won

the 1997 UEFA Cup, the German Cup in 2001 and 2002, and just missed

out on the Bundesliga title in 2001.

Stevens took over again on Sept. 27, 2011, following Ralf

Rangnick’s resignation due to burnout, and led the side to third in

the Bundesliga to secure qualification to the Champions League.

This season, however, Schalke’s domestic form dropped following

a bright start, arguably because of the strain of the Champions

League, where it finished group winner ahead of Premier League side

Arsenal.

Schalke claimed 20 points from its opening nine Bundesliga

games, but only five points in the following eight matches before

the winter break.